February 3, 2011
Dear Dr. Alveda King:
We’ve reached another Black History Month in America. The month of February is a time to pause and consider the accomplishments Black Americans have made and continue to make in our nation. Our minds often reflect upon the positive examples of historical icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and many others past and present. Black History Month is certainly a time to celebrate.
However, as pleasant as it to reflect upon the positive accomplishments of Blacks in history, gleaning what we can from them, I think we owe it to ourselves to periodically ponder ugly and uncomfortable deeds done by individuals and extract the lessons we can learn from them as well. Part of the uncomfortable yet necessary mission of Protecting Black Life is to present the ugly truth about abortion and its devastating impact upon the African American community, as well as exposing injustices wrought by individuals within the abortion industry.
One such infamous individual is Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is an abortionist who ran the Women’s Medical Center in Philadelphia and was arrested last month for eight counts of murder, one of which was for the botched abortion death of a 41-year old woman. The other seven counts were for babies who police discovered had been born alive and then killed. District Attorney R. Seth Williams released a 281-page report which lays out the basis for murder charges against Gosnell and 9 of his associates, and contains testimonies from 58 witnesses.
The report reveals unsanitary conditions repeatedly resulting in women receiving venereal diseases because of Gosnell’s use of the same instruments, patient after patient with no attempt to clean them. It highlights very late-term abortion procedures frequently performed by Gosnell’s unlicensed staff. It documents babies well beyond 20 weeks who were frequently delivered alive, only to be murdered as Gosnell’s scissors were plunged deep into the backs of their necks, severing their spinal cords or their throats were slit. After ending the life of one baby boy who was at least 32 weeks, one of Gosnell’s employees said that Gosnell jokingly stated “this baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”
This all could have been stopped. Years of time and numerous opportunities passed while nothing was done. The Department of State, the State Health Department, the National Abortion Federation and local hospitals in Philadelphia were all aware of dark, dirty and deadly deeds going on in Gosnell’s facility, but repeatedly did nothing. The district attorney said, “we think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”
While abortion remains the leading cause of death in the African American community Dr. Gosnell is an African American who preyed upon pregnant black women by killing their babies, taking their money and in many cases ruining their lives. Another interesting fact in this case is that the District Attorney R. Seth Williams who is seeking justice to right the wrongs perpetrated by Gosnell and his cohorts, is an African American.
I realize this is pretty shocking news and if you’ll read the summarized overview of the District Attorney’s report you’ll discover even more shocking information. Let’s face it, whether babies are killed after being delivered alive or killed inside the womb, abortion is shocking. But, is it shocking enough for you to get involved? Is it shocking enough for you to be a voice for the voiceless pre-born babies who cannot speak or defend themselves? Is it shocking enough for you to consistently engage others in meaningful dialog about abortion and its devastating aftermath?
Protecting Black Life refuses to be silent. How about you? Let’s work to create a different kind of Black History by refusing to be silent about the atrocities surrounding Dr. Kermit Gosnell and about abortion in the African American community in general.
Let’s end abortion in America together.
Arnold M. Culbreath
Urban Outreach Director
Protecting Black Life
An outreach of Life Issues Institute, Inc.